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  7. Wild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic Resorts

Wild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic Resorts

  • 06:00 - 22 December, 2017
Wild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic Resorts
Wild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic Resorts, © Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera

Courtesy of Nomadic Resorts © Marc Hernandez Folguera © Marc Hernandez Folguera © Marc Hernandez Folguera + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Main Entrance Rd, Palatupana, Sri Lanka
  • Design Team

    Olav Bruin, with Freddie Catlow, Inma Cantero, Oana Tudose, Julian Klaus Trummer
  • Area

    5250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Courtesy of Nomadic Resorts
Courtesy of Nomadic Resorts

Text description provided by the architects. Nomadic Resorts and Bo Reudler Studio teamed up to design and construct the spectacular Wild Coast Tented Lodge - the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Sustainability, landscape and heritage are intertwined in the design of the Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Located on the edge of Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka, the 36-tent safari camp welcomed its first guests in November 2017.The eco-resort’s organic architecture integrates seamlessly into the site, which comprises dryland forests that merge into the rugged sandy coastline overlooking the Indian Ocean. The five-star lodge is designed to give visitors an intimate experience of Yala, celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of the area, with minimal intrusion on the landscape. Local influences were especially important, from vernacular traditions and materials to community involvement.

© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera

The project was commissioned by Resplendent Ceylon, a subsidiary of Dilmah Tea, whose unique resorts offer curious travellers diverse experiences linked to Sri Lanka’s history, culture and nature. The architecture references natural formations in Yala’s landscape, namely the massive rounded boulders scattered throughout the park, at a macro scale, and termite mounds, at a micro scale. Adopting a human scale in between, the camp’s main buildings appear as outcrops of boulder-like pavilions clustered organically together at either end of the site. Larger open volumes intersect with smaller enclosed domes that house more private functions. Connecting the welcome area at the entrance to the waterfront bar, restaurant and library is a meandering natural landscape lined with clusters of cocoon-like tensile membrane structures called Loopers.

© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera
Main Area - Floor Plan
Main Area - Floor Plan
© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera

Resembles a leopard paw print, each cluster overlooks a watering hole designed to attract wildlife. The spa is set back from the beachfront. From afar, the large pavilions appear solid but upon closer inspection, they’re revealed as light, open structures crafted from a woven grid shell bamboo structure clad in reclaimed teak shingles. Large, arched openings and high vaulted ceilings create a strong sense of space. The existing vegetation is retained to ensure an authentic experience of the landscape, complemented by an attractive Xeriscape of spiky plants and elegant rock balance sculptures by Adrian Gray.

© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera

Whereas the architecture focuses on the exterior of the boulders, the interior reflects the treasures concealed within such as caves, crystals and veins of precious minerals. Capturing a sense of discovery, adventure and enchantment, the interior combines ecological luxury and local elegance with a contemporary edge. Echoing the context of the site, local materials such as stone, quartz and mud brick are paired with a rich palette of copper, brass, terrazzo, wood, bamboo and textiles, with a strong focus on high-quality materials that age gracefully. Highlights include the swimming pool that flows through the restaurant and bar and lights up like the night sky, an illuminated copper-leaf tree suspended in the 10m-high bamboo dome of the restaurant, mud brick seating installations and bamboo chandeliers that punctuate the main spaces. Nomadic Resorts was responsible for the architecture and landscaping
Bo Reudler Studio designed the interiors.

© Marc Hernandez Folguera
© Marc Hernandez Folguera

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Cite: "Wild Coast Tented Lodge / Nomadic Resorts" 22 Dec 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/885689/wild-coast-tented-lodge-nomadic-resorts/> ISSN 0719-8884
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